Information & Network Services, Inc., an information services consulting firm, has retained James O’Brien, a partner in Poyner & Spruill’s Raleigh office, as general counsel.

Poyner & Spruill also will assist with general corporate matters, employment issues, contract matters and strategic alliances, and help in attracting private investor interest, according to a statement released by privately held INS.

In the release Patrick Wyer, president of INS, says: “As we develop and deploy our global information strategy, Poyner & Spruill will be instrumental in assisting us in understanding the electronic intellectual property and other legal challenges we face. Our strategy for ‘services locally, information globally’ is key to our success.”

INS Web site: www.ins-usa.com